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|I bought this frame years ago from a lovely etsy seller....I've always had the intention to make it into a special tribute/shrine to my sweet Mom who passed a few years ago. I miss her each and every day. I have no words for just how much. I've gathered bits and pieces over the past few years of what I wanted to include.|
|I had this photo of her holding me when I was a baby, her handwriting is on the back. I'm glad I never rushed this project because each and every element included have come into my possession in just the last couple of years, with the exception of the photo of course.|
|I've always loved the shabby details on this frame and the fact that it's rather deep suited my needs perfectly! I glued down some of my favorite wallpaper as a background then started adding some of my favorite pieces that I own....after all, this is a special piece!|
|A vintage scapular.......|
|The other side of the scapular...it's draped over the top of the frame.|
|I feel so blessed to have this special photo of my Mom holding me as an infant......she was beautiful inside and out!!!!|
|Have you ever made a "shrine" or special tribute to someone you love? This piece will hang in my newly remodeled studio so that I can see my sweet Mom every day and think of her.|
|A new-to-me vintage 3-D advent calendar....you know, the beautiful old ones that were made in Germany? These are the type I grew up with and I've decided to start collecting a few of them. This year it will be all vintage for me! (Well, mostly vintage!)|
|I purchased the gorgeous doily keeper from a wonderful Etsy seller....there's a smaller one that is identical . The old fabric with the blue flowers and birds is just incredible....love them both! This vignette is in a corner of my dining room.|
|Pretty gold glittery bird holding a very old gospel card....he greets you as you come through the front door.|
|I've been so lucky to find some amazing old Polish ornaments (mostly at Vintage Industry) and they look so pretty all together in a bowl.....love all the pinks and the wee bit of glitter that is still barely hanging on......:).|
|Another advent calendar from Germany....adore this one with the trees that 'stand out' in the front.|
|More fun Polish ornaments. They're like miniature works of art to me!|
How is your Christmas decorating going? Have you started yet?
(Please excuse my less than stellar photos, it's a VERY dark and rainy morning here in Oregon and I took these with my iPhone!)
|I've been creating, how 'bout you?|
A wintery angel house.....
|Tart tin ornaments (with angels of course).|
Crocheted ornaments (with angels of course).
Seeing a pattern yet?
|Went shopping at the Vintage Industry yesterday and came home with some wonderful goodies, including the box of shiny brites above....I mixed and matched them with some of my own personal favorites and will set these two boxes out as part of my vintage Christmas decor this year....|
|I love creating at this time of year....it does the soul good!|
I hope you find a bit of time just for yourself to make something that makes your heart sing.
All of the above creations are currently in my Etsy shop awaiting their new homes...!
|My sister came out yesterday to help 'foof' the booth with some of her new finds, a lot of wonderful Christmas!! She brought some awesome quilts, baby clothes and shoes, books, vintage Shiny Brites, Victorian celluloid albums and boxes, etc. Really great stuff! I'm so proud of her and amazed at how quickly she's caught on to "picking" the best!|
|We were able to score the MOST wonderful old chippy cabinet at another nearby mall at a great price that just barely fit into our space....whew! It's the extra bit that we needed as far as display space goes....it's in the pic above with the baby clothes hanging on it....you can see it, right? LOL! Well, we did get carried away with adding things but hey, we all know the old retail saying "Stack 'em high and let 'em fly"! That's our motto these days.|
Our booth is stuffed.
|There's lots of variety and it's such a kick to be in there while people are shopping your booth and they don't know that you're listening.....:).|
|I'm continuing to work very hard on my Etsy shop as well and since we just got back from the flea I'll be adding some wonderful treasures to that shop very soon....stay tuned!|
|Let's face it, if you've been in the business of buying and selling antiques for enough years you'll eventually run into this situation.|
|Selling an item that-after the fact-you wish you hadn't.|
It's just a given that this will happen at some point.
Case in point for me is this fabulous antique butterfly sewing basket from the victorian era. Why I let this one go I'll never know......the fact remains that I did. Probably won't find another one of these beauties....lesson learned.
|Lucky for me I was shopping and found a lovely "replacement" in this heart shaped beauty............!!!!!!|
|It had the perfect amount of shabby...actually quite a bit of "shabby".|
|Of course I've added many of my own items even though this came with a lot of it's own items....my favorite are the pretty reddish buttons on the card above in the upper left..so pretty!|
|So yes, this one is a keeper for me.|